LinuxDevices.com Archive Index (1999-2012) | 2013-current at LinuxGizmos.com | About  
Follow LinuxGizmos:
Twitter Google+ Facebook RSS feed
*   get email updates   *

Archive for May, 2011

Startup unveils way for Windows devices to run Android apps

May 25, 2011

A new startup says it will soon offer software allowing Windows devices to run Android software. The eponymous “BlueStacks” — to be offered first on a ViewSonic tablet — permits launching Android apps directly from the Windows desktop, the company says.

(more…)

Fedora 15 takes wing with GNOME 3 and SystemD

May 25, 2011

The Fedora Project announced the final release of Fedora 15 “Lovelock,” the first Linux distro to feature the new GNOME 3 desktop. Other Fedora 15 features include Linux 2.6.38, a dynamic firewall, the SystemD configuration utility, and new applications including LibreOffice and Firefox 4.

(more…)

Google NFC to be unveiled May 26, say reports

May 25, 2011

On May 26, Google will introduce a widely anticipated near field communication (NFC) mobile payment system for Android 2.3x phones with Sprint, Mastercard, Citibank, and VeriFone Systems, say multiple reports. Meanwhile, Motorola says its Droid X, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, and Droid Pro phones are all getting Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) updates this year.

(more…)

All-New Nook offers monochrome touchscreen

May 24, 2011

Barnes & Noble announced a Kindle-like six-inch monochrome touchscreen version of its Nook e-reader, featuring an E Ink Pearl display. The Android 2.1-based “All-New Nook” offers 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, and that's about it — but it weighs only 7.48 ounces, lasts up to a claimed two months per battery charge, and costs just $139, says the company.

(more…)

Core i7-equipped CompactPCI board supports hybrid PlusIO

May 24, 2011

MEN Micro announced a 3U CompactPCI PlusIO single board computer (SBC) that supports both legacy CompactPCI and high-speed CompactPCI Serial connections. The F21P is equipped with the quad-core “Sandy Bridge” 2.1GHz Intel Core i7 processor and QM67 chipset, and it offers up to 8GB of RAM, three gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, four SATA ports, and numerous expansion options.

(more…)

Four embedded products tap new low-power AMD processors

May 24, 2011

Four vendors have promised support for the latest low-power 1GHz T40E (dual-core, 6.4 Watt TDP) and T40R (single-core, 5.5 Watt TDP) AMD G-Series processors announced yesterday. Products based on the chips will include DataKamp's Q7bd-GT40N Qseven module, Axiomtek's Pico100 Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC), a revamp of Ibase's SI-18 signage computer, and an unnamed industrial tablet from Amtek, says AMD.

(more…)

Clearwire commits to LTE as Verizon weighs Wi-Fi expansion

May 24, 2011

Clearwire COO Erik Prusch revealed that the ailing company behind Sprint's 4G service will eventually switch its 4G offering from WiMAX to LTE technology, according to an industry report. Meanwhile, Verizon execs said that the carrier might leverage its LTE investment to offer data pooling on family plans, and will also invest more in Wi-Fi, according to two other reports.

(more…)

IPv6 transition still a low priority for most organizations

May 23, 2011

As the World IPv6 Day approaches, recent research reports show that a majority of organizations are still postponing migration to the IPv6 networking protocol. Despite the growing scarcity of IPv4 addresses, due in large part to the growth of mobile and embedded devices, a British Telecom Diamond IP survey says that only 35 percent of respondents considered IPv6 a “huge concern.”

(more…)

AMD’s latest embedded processors feature 5.5 and 6.4 Watt TDPs

May 23, 2011

[Updated, May 24] — AMD announced two Embedded G-Series processors for fanless, multimedia-ready devices, with TDP ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 Watts. The dual-core T40E and single-core T40R, both clocked at 1GHz, are said to be up to 39 percent more power efficient than an earlier 1.2GHz G-Series processor, but still offer DirectX 11-capable graphics and a 64-bit memory controller.

(more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 great for media consumption, says review

May 23, 2011

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a remarkable media-chomping tablet with Android 3.0, a crisp, 10.1-inch touchscreen, 10-hour battery life, and a slim, lightweight design, says this eWEEK review. Despite the modest three-megapixel camera and lack of ports — or even an SD slot — the tablet is said to best the Motorola Xoom for straightforward media consumption purposes.

(more…)

Mini-PC offers Chrome OS, modular design

May 23, 2011

Xi3 Corp. announced plans to ship the first desktop PC based on Google's Chrome OS, based closely on the new, Linux-ready 4.0 x 3.66 x 3.66-inch Xi3 Modular Computer. The ChromiumPC offers a modular design, featuring a swappable processor board with a single- or dual-core x86 processor, as well as two separate, upgradable I/O boards.

(more…)

MeeGo 1.2 ships with connectivity features, new tablet UX

May 20, 2011

The Linux Foundation's MeeGo project announced the final release of the open source Linux-based MeeGo 1.2, including the first finished version of its tablet UX (user experience), plus updated netbook and in-vehicle infotainment UXes. MeeGo 1.2 features new telephony and wireless communications features, as well as location and sensor/haptic capabilities, says the project.

(more…)

Dell’s 10.1-inch Streak Pro tablet breaks cover

May 20, 2011

Dell is set to roll out its long-rumored, 10.1-inch Streak Pro tablet in June with Android 3.0, according to an industry report. The business-focused tablet is said to run on an Nvidia Tegra 2, and offers dual cameras and up to a 64GB solid state drive (SSD).

(more…)

Rugged computers come in extended and extreme versions

May 20, 2011

Logic Supply announced a rugged, fanless industrial computer that uses an Intel Celeron or Core i5/i7 processor and withstands temperatures of -4 to 13 deg. F. In addition to the Extended Temperature AU912, which features SATA and PCIe expansion plus extensive I/O, Logic Supply announced two Extreme Environment PT computers that support -40 to 158 deg. F temperatures: a PT110 (Atom N270) and PT901 (Core 2 Duo).

(more…)

T-Mobile plans huge summer Android splash, according to leaked roadmap

May 20, 2011

T-Mobile has an aggressive lineup of predominantly Android-based smartphones planned for this summer, starting with the 4.3-inch HTC Sensation 4G on Jun 8, followed later by a slider version of the MyTouch 4G, according to a leaked roadmap. Meanwhile, Android continued to make gains in the latest Millennial Media and Gartner studies, with Gartner pegging Android's global 1Q smartphone share at a dominating 36 percent.

(more…)

Modules offer Intel Atom processors, onboard flash storage

May 19, 2011

Aaeon announced two COMs (computer on modules) that are available with Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor. The NanoCOM-LN uses the COM Express Ultra format and has 1GB of soldered-on memory, and the ETX-LN uses the ETX format, has a DIMM slot for up to 2GB of RAM, and is further available with the dual-core Atom D525 or the D425, both clocked at 1.8GHz.

(more…)

Miniature box PC runs fanlessly up to 149 deg. F

May 19, 2011

Phoenix Contact announced a miniature embedded box PC that uses Intel's Atom Z510PT and can operate fanlessly in temperatures from -40 to 149 deg. F. The VL BPC Mini features up to 2GB of RAM, CompactFlash storage, two gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a serial port (RS232/422/485), an SD slot, and a VGA output, the company says.

(more…)

Linux thin client taps new Marvell ARM SoC

May 19, 2011

Wyse Technology announced a Linux thin client based on Marvell's new 1GHz PXA510 system-on-chip (SoC), with support for Citrix Receiver, VMware View Open Client, Wyse TCX and VDA, and Microsoft's RDP (remote desktop protocol) 7. The Wyse T50 offers 1GB RAM, 1GB flash, DVI-I with a dual-display option, gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports, and support for 720p video within a browser.

(more…)

Samsung Nexus S 4G soars with Google Voice on Sprint, says review

May 19, 2011

Samsung's “pure Google”, Android 2.3-based Nexus S 4G phone updates the Nexus S design with Sprint's 4G and the awesome new Google Voice service. However, the 4G WiMAX service available on this four-inch, 1GHz smartphone can't compare with Verizon's speedier LTE, and battery life is disappointing, says this eWEEK review.

(more…)

Linux 2.6.39 assists firewalls, speeds up Ext4

May 19, 2011

The final Linux 2.6.39 kernel was released with a fairly modest feature set, led by a new IPset technology for simplifying firewall deployment. Other major features include Ext4 performance and scalability improvements, a media controller subsystem for video acquisition, a block plugging overhaul for fast storage I/O, and support for the latest AMD “Cayman” Radeon graphics.

(more…)